April 24, 2009 at 04:00 PM EDT

Best TV show of the late ’80s? Best show ever? I leave that to the jury. But if there’s one thing this two-decade-old clip reminds us of, it’s that TV intros used to be brilliant, brief works of art, mini narratives that got the audience up to speed each week on the program’s dramatic backstory (in an exhaustive minute and a half — take that, Lost!). Sidebar: Oh my God, let’s not forget the sax! Listen, Venus Butterfly adherents…and love.

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